Sneckdown season is upon us

Sneckdown at Gottingen and Kaye

It’s snow season, which means it’s sneckdown season. What is a sneckdown? Sneckdowns use leftover snow to illustrate how much unnecessary space we waste on cars. The leftover snow is a quick and easy way to visualize future pedestrian refuges, narrower lanes, bumpouts, and other great traffic improvements.

This sneckdown at Gottingen and Young shows that Young and Gottingen are both quite overbuilt. Eastbound traffic on Young is treated to extremely wide lanes, sweeping curbs, and simply too much space. Pedestrians are left to cross this fast-moving traffic at a really wide spot. This picture shows how a pedestrian refuge island and a curb extension could be quickly added to slow cars down and make it easier for pedestrians to enjoy the bustling Hydrostone Market with no impact whatsoever to road capacity or parking supply. Don’t you like solutions where everyone wins?

Sneckdown at Gottingen and Kaye

A sneckdown at Gottingen and Young shows that there’s too much space for cars

On my commute this morning I wasn’t able to take too many pictures. This shot from Spring Garden and Barrington shows that Spring Garden is too wide, at least until Grafton Street, where the first parking spots are located.

Spring Garden and Barrington Sneckdown

A sneckdown at Spring Garden and Barrington shows some opportunities to slim the lanes heading up the hill

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About the author

Ben Wedge

Ben is a young urban advocate who has been living in Halifax since 2008. While he's an East Coast boy at heart he has traveled the world and lived in several large cities. From a young age he has admired how cities work and the beauty of people colliding in well-designed public spaces. This blog will feature many case studies to improve the built form of Halifax, especially as it affects street life and transportation.

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